"TIME WITH ME cannot be rushed. When you are in a hurry, your mind flitters back and forth between Me and the tasks ahead of you. Push back the demands pressing in on you; create a safe space around you, a heaven in which you can rest with Me. I also desire this time of focused attention, and I use it to bless you, strengthening and equipping you for the day ahead. Thus, spending time with Me is a wise investment. 

Bring me the sacrifice of your precious time. This creates sacred space around you - space permeated with My Presence and My Peace." 

- Sarah Young (Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Prescence, 2004) 

Every term we come together as a community during the Sacred Space week where we devote ourselves to prayer, seeking God's heart and worship. 

This term, following the remote learning phase during the COVID 19 restrictions, we purposefully focused on being thankful to God for His provisions and blessings. 

The chapel provided a space where students, staff and community could think about why they were thankful, and experience God's presence and His peace. In the busyness, it was a great opportunity to stop, pray and be still. This time was a time of healing, reflection and focusing our attention on Jesus.

At the start of the week the walls of the chapel were bare but by the end of the week, there were hundreds of colourful pieces of paper reflecting our community’s thankfulness to God for his ongoing and unfailing provision. From Kindy to Year 12, the chapel walls were covered in colourful notes listing all the things our community is thankful for. This gave our community confidence moving forward to know that they served a God who can be trusted.  

The world continues to face critical and challenging times so it was great to shift our focus from the negative situations to a beautiful time when our community stopped and chose to be grateful not only to God but also to one another.

When we make the choice to trust and be thankful in difficult circumstances it allows God to bring peace and hope into the situation as we remain close to him. 

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. -2 Thessalonians 3:16.